Domaine Thomson is a family-owned wine producer, with vineyards and homes in Central Otago, New Zealand and Burgundy, France. Owners PM and David Hall-Jones are dedicated to making the nest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in two hemispheres - wines that express the individual terroirs of each region.
The grapes that go into Explorer primarily come from the top terrace Moon Block (elevation 295m), and this was 100% estate grown and handpicked. Fermented with ambient yeasts in 7 different ferments, hand plunged 2 times a day, 15% of the fruit was whole bunch to bring out lifted fruit aromatics and the remainder destemmed, not crushed. 100% of the wine went into our cuve and barrels for 10 months.
'This is of bright, medium intense ruby red. The nose is elegant & savoury with crunchy red cherries, cranberries and plums. Baking spice cloves, nutmeg are elegantly integrated. Dry, medium-bodied with medium acidity and medium, finely structured but ripe & classy tannins. Sour cherries and strawberries on the palate along with violets and baking spice. This is well balanced and with 13.5% abv more elegant than most Pinots from Central Otago. In the glass this develops a delicate earthiness - could well be from Burgundy!' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot